Pak doc may be freed if Guv accepts govt`s view

Mohd Khali Chisti, the elderly Pakistani doctor is languishing in a Rajasthan jail after being convicted for murder.

Jaipur: Mohd Khali Chisti, the elderly
Pakistani doctor who is languishing in a Rajasthan jail after
being convicted for murder, may be freed on humanitarian
ground if the Governor Shivraj Patil accepts the
recommendation of the state government.

Rajasthan Law Minister Shanti Dhariwal said today that
Chisti should be released from prison on humanitarian ground
and it was for the Governor to take a final call on the issue.

He said the Governor had sought certain clarifications on
the state government`s earlier recommendation for Chisti`s
release and they have been given.

Rajasthan Home department will tomorrow forward the file
pertaining to Chisty to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot,
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) PK Deb said.

"At present, the file is with Home department. We have
collected all the details as sought by the Governor and it
will be forwarded to the Chief Minister tomorrow evening", he

After 18 years of trial, Chisti was awarded life
imprisonment by a court in Ajmer in a murder case in January
this year and since then he is lodged in the central jail of

His mercy petition on humanitarian ground was filed with
the state government by his relatives and Governor Patil had
sought some additional information regarding the case from the
Home department in June when the file was forwarded to him by
the CM.

The Governor has power under Article 161 of the
Constitution to remit a sentence, he said.

Supreme Court judge Justice Markandeya Katju had made a
personal appeal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to release
Chisti on humanitarian grounds.

The issue came up in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday when the Prime
Minister said that when he had received a request for Chisti`s
release he had contacted the Home Minister who has been in
correspondence with Rajasthan Government and "further results
are yet to be received".


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